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There can be few things more pleasurable in life than floating gently down the Ardèche river on a hot August day. A whole group of us rented kayaks and spent the day negotiating tiny rapids as though we were negotiating Niagara Falls in barrels. Although the river was full of other boaters, there were several stretches where we were totally alone in the shadow of magnificent rock walls that towered above us. The last time I'd done this descent, it was a sunny September day in 2001 when we returned to our house after a long day on the river only to turn on the television and see the second plane hit the south tower of the World Trade Centre. I remember wondering just what kind of world had we brought our little daughter Parker into.

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It was the hottest day of the year so far today as temperatures soared across the nation.

Cheering crowds welcome London 2012 Olympic gold medal-winning heptathlete Jessica Ennis back to her home city Sheffield

Olympics golden girl Jessica Ennis has told thousands of people in her home city: "This is my home and this is the place that I love."

Tom Daley gets Olympic rings tattoo as permanent reminder of London 2012 success

Olympic bronze medallist Tom Daley has had a tattoo as a permanent reminder of his London 2012 success.

Sanya Richards-Ross celebrates victory in the 400m last night

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It was the same in the 1912 Olympic Stadium in Stockholm last night as it had been in the 2012 Olympic Stadium 12 days previously. When it came to the crunch in the women's 400m in the DN Galan Diamond League meeting, just as in the one-lap final in London, Christine Ohuruogu could not catch the American Sanya Richards-Ross.

Chelsea Bland, 15 (with the yellow belt) and her Tae Kwon Do class in Leytonstone, east London

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Pierre Perrone: Prog - a genre that still has a firm grip on the British psyche

As someone whose mind was blown by the theatre of Peter Gabriel's Genesis and Pink Floyd performing with the Ballet de Marseille choreographed by Roland Petit in the early 70s, I always enjoyed the ambition within prog. Forty years on, that spirit is still at large in the musical land.

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The Jamaican Olympic gold medallist Yohan Blake believes the time will come when he takes over from his fellow countryman Usain Bolt as the world's fastest man.

It wasn't so long ago the 'Football Family' was praised for rallying around Fabrice Muamba, now it is being heavily criticised

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Leading article: Open the Olympic Park to all

Were there any doubt that Britain's appetite for all things Olympic had only been whetted by the successes of our athletes, our volunteers and our capital city, one need look no further than the surge of interest in tickets to the Paralympics for evidence to the contrary.

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Holly Bleasdale in action during her disappointing London Games

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